GOLETA -On October 1, 2016, The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of two men following a five-month undercover investigation in to the trafficking of methamphetamine. The investigation was conducted by investigators and special agents from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, Santa Barbara Regional Crime Abatement Team and the California Department of Justice.
During the investigation, undercover law enforcement officers negotiated to buy and have delivered 20 pounds of methamphetamine to a location within the City of Goleta. The two men who delivered the methamphetamine to the officers were identified as Guillermo Rea, 27, and Victor Ruvalcaba-Romero, 36, both of Goleta. The officers seized more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of over $729,600.
Rea and Ruvalcaba-Romero were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on drug possession and sales charges.
"Drug dealers make their money by feeding the addictions of drug users who wreak havoc in our communities," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "I commend the investigators and agents who worked this case and I am thankful this investigation was conducted, and concluded with no injuries to any involved. Undercover drug investigations are very dangerous operations."